One of the great natural wonders of the world, these falls are incredíble!! Massive and set against the backdrop of a steamy subtropical rainforest, las cataratas (waterfalls) should definitely be on anyone’s bucket list. It’s a magical place, with masses of gushing water, rainbows, animals, butterflies, and smiling tourist faces everywhere.
Both sides of Iguazu provide awesome and up-close views of the falls in addition to plenty of tourist activities. The Brazilian side offers zip-lining and helicopter and boat rides. The Argentinian side offers boat rides as well. Both sides also feature various easy hiking trails that allow you to see many different sections of the falls. You can even get to know some endemic animals. Especially be on the watch out for surprise encounters with Capuchin monkeys and coaties. They’ll try to swipe food from your hand or scratch at your bag if they smell something inside. I saw one coatie disembowel a plastic bag of its fruit. They’re crazy for food.
For all those romantics out there, the falls can also be enjoyed under a full moon. Time your arrival with this part of the lunar cycle and you can enjoy a tour, on the Argentinian side, on what will surely be an enchanting night. The moon is so bright that sometimes your photos look as though they were captured during the day. Beware, though, the mist is strong at night and there is no sun to dry you off, so bring a towel, a poncho your sense of adventure and enjoy this evening escapade at the mighty falls.
In Palermo, he’s everybody’s neighbor
In the swankier neighborhood of Palermo, in the great city of Buenos Aires, lives a homeless man. He resides permanently at the crossroads of Av. Raúl Scalabrini Ortiz y Av. Santa Fe. I feel like I have to share about his existence because it just makes no sense. He’s not much on answering questions, and Matt did try, but so many come to mind. How is it that he has posted up a residence of sorts outside a subway entry? Why do the cops leave him be? How did he acquire a bed and box springs, a hand-made closet, and, most surprisingly, a TV with cable?! How does he keep himself and his 2-dogs fed?
It seems as though no one minds or, at times, even notices. This is odd because he takes up a sizeable amount of sidewalk. I don’t know, maybe he’s like Austin’s Leslie Cochran (RIP).
After the twins left….
After Lea and Mer left, Matt and I did a few more touristy activities in BA, most notably visiting el Planetario Galileo Galilei. The building itself is fun to visit, especially at night, due to its spacey sci-fi design. Plus, their recently purchased 3-D projectors added a realistic effect to our voyage through space.
We also took one extra day-trip while in BA and that was to Tigre, Argentina. It is easily visited via the bus metro from downtown. Although considered a different municipality, it just seemed like it was a far lying extension of the Buenos Aires city limits. If you had ample time in BA, I’d say go, but if you don’t, you’re not missing too much. It is known, however, for their Tigre delta boat rides, with views of picturesque marshy settings. We only walked along el Río Plata delta and visited the city’s art museum. Fue un día muy tranquilo.
Side trip to Colonia and Montevideo, Uruguay
If you’re interested in visiting Uruguay from Buenos Aires, it’s very easy. You can take a quick boat ride via Buquebus, to either Colonia or Montevideo, Uruguay for about $100 round-trip. We opted to take the shorter ride to Colonia in order to enjoy this beautiful colonial town. It was then just a 3-hour bus ride to Montevideo.
Our main reason for visiting Uruguay was to participate in el Festival de Cordero y Tannat (The Festival of Lamb and Tannat Wine). Luckily the festival coincided with my sisters’ visit and, well, we all love lamb and wine – especially when they’re consumed together. Los Caminos del Vino is a group of family owned bodegas that hosts this annual festival. We opted to visit Bodega Bouza Boutique because its menu looked most appealing, it was only a short taxi ride from Montevideo, and because it has a fabulous classic car museum. We were all extremely pleased with our meals, with the tour, and with the Tannat wine.
Although it was just a quick weekend trip to Uruguay, we all had a great time and would recommend a visit if you’re in Buenos Aires. Overall, Colonia is worth seeing to get a small, colonial town fix. Montevideo felt like a much sleepier, maybe even a traquilized version of Buenos Aires and was a nice break from the bustle of the big city. We all wouldn’t have minded staying longer, but had to get back for the Sunday San Telmo market.